Chef Floyd Cardoz dies of coronavirus; Rishi Kapoor pens a heartfelt note

Floyd Cardoz

After Cardoz was tested for COVID -19, the CEO of The Bombay Canteen (Hunger Inc), in a statement said, "Mr Cardoz (59), now admitted to a hospital in NY in the USA, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18, 2020". He was admitted a week ago to Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey, with a fever and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, the statement said.

In a 2017 CBS interview, Cardoz explained how he ended up becoming a chef.

Last week, he was admitted to a New York City hospital as a "precautionary measure". "I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post".

Print and television journalist, author, columnist and talk show host Vir Sangvi in his tweet said Cardoz was a legendary chef who taught Americans to respect Indian food with Tabla and who transformed the Mumbai restaurant scene with The Bombay Canteen and OPedroMumbai.


Cardoz was born in Bombay, India, and moved to New York City to be part of the restaurant industry.

Actor Sophie Choudry finds Floyd's Demise as a "huge loss to the culinary world". Floyd is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha and two sons, Peter and Justin.

We invite you to share condolences for Floyd Cardoz in our Guest Book. His family also previously confirmed the news to the Indian publication Scroll.in, which reported that Cardoz had been in Mumbai, where he owned the restaurants The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, as well as the newly-opened Bombay Sweet Shop. A week after taking action over his symptoms, the Top Chef Masters star has passed away. He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room. "He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch", she said. "I wish his personal and restaurant family all the strength in the world in this hard time". At Tabla, they celebrated Cardoz's new Indian cuisine that melded the sensual flavors and spices of his homeland with Western techniques. I adored him. A great chef, groundbreaking in so many ways, a generous human, resilient of spirit and loved his family, his garden and our restaurant world so much. My good friend Floyd Cardoz has lost his battle with COVID-19. He studied hotel management in Switzerland and attended the culinary school Les Roches.

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